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Ryon is medical scientist, part of a highly collaborative team at Epic Sciences developing novel blood-based precision oncology diagnostic tests. Ryon was part of the core team that saw the inception, proof of concept, and demonstration of clinical utility of a first-in-class circulating tumor cell test for AR-V7 in metastatic prostate cancer.
Ryon received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California. He conducted most of his thesis research at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center under his co-advisor Dr. Dwayne Stupack (see Research) where he was also part of the HHMI-sponsored Med Into Grad clinical immersion program hosted by the UCSD School of Medicine.
In January 2011 Ryon started a cancer Q&A blog dubbed “Cancer for Dummies” as a means to explore paradigms of science communication. Since January 2012 topics have expanded into evolving trends in science and biotechnology.
As an undergraduate at UC Irvine, Ryon studied genetics, art history, and photography. He received several distinctions, including Honors in Biology and the Leon Award as the most promising young scientist in his graduating class. He was a Staff Science Opinion Writer at the New University newspaper and regularly contributed on the intersection of science and ethics.
His clinical research interests include intra-patient cancer heterogeneity, mechanisms of cancer metastasis, cancer therapy resistance, liquid biopsies, and molecular evolution. He is also interested in clinical trial design, bioethics, scientific literacy, and science policy.